On Thursday 7 July, the NHS Public Board approved the next evolution of NHS England’s commercial service offer - the Central Commercial Function (CCF).
In an email to NHS procurement heads, Jacqui Rock, Chief Commercial Officer for NHS England, said: "The CCF has been established to provide a more clearly defined central service in order to support commercial teams in delivering their vital roles. As NHS commercial leaders, you are essential to the effective and smooth running of patient services, ensuring frontline staff get the right products and services in the right place, at the right time. The pandemic and recent global supply pressures have highlighted how critical our commercial teams and suppliers are to the NHS meeting its challenges and delivering its priorities in the Long-Term Plan. Therefore, by collaborating through the CCF, we aim to unify us as one commercial community across all national, regional and local teams and support us all to deliver significant, measurable commercial benefits and opportunities.
Over the last two years we have made progress in establishing the foundations for collaborative procurement and redefining procurement across the NHS through our Procurement Target Operating Model (PTOM) initiative, and I want to thank you all for your support in this programme. A key focus of our efforts has been the establishment and maturity of ICS procurement teams and I am proud that we now have a strong procurement community at an ICS level convening regularly through our National Procurement Forum (NPF) events. This vital work will continue as part of the CCF and will be further developed as part of our 7 CCF services.
We will establish our initial CCF operating capability by the end of this calendar year, with the aim that our full operating capability will be in place by the end of 2024. We will soon be inviting ICS procurement leaders to our next NPF event in September, where we will agree our governance arrangements and continue to co-create our delivery plans.
I am keen that we continue to incorporate all your feedback and work together to further shape and refine our services so that it best meets your needs and provides the most effective support from the centre."
Date: 8 July